By Donna Burkholder, Board of Trustees Chair, UCSA
I was feeling passionate about our opportunity to participate in the Iftar dinner at the Turkish Raindrop Center. For me it was an outreach that matched our vision and mission statements at UCSA. So someone (read Birdie) suggested I write something for the newsletter. Initially, I found it easier said than done until I turned to meditation to clear my mind. What kept coming up was The Law of Attraction. Here I thought I was going to write about peace, community and inclusivity but this idea just wouldn’t leave me alone. Charles Fillmore defined the law of attraction this way:
“The law that all conditions and circumstances in (our) affairs and body are attracted to us in accord with the thoughts we hold steadily in consciousness”.
We have been looking into our past, present and future for UCSA with Rev. Ron Fritts and something started to percolate in the back of my mind. I felt a heart tug to find ways for UCSA to demonstrate our core values outside our community. One of the reasons I love UCSA so much is the feeling of family, connection and love experienced every time we are together. Wouldn’t it be great if we could share those feelings with our greater community? This is where the Law of Attraction comes in. Rev. Art Holt said in Sacred Secrets Finding Your Way to Joy, Peace and Prosperity by Paula Godwin Coppel:
“To make the law of attraction work for you, you must pay attention to three things: your thoughts, your feelings and the way you respond to opportunities.”
I was thinking about doing good in our larger community. I was thinking about living our core values of transformation, inclusiveness, community. I was thinking about the many hearts of service I see every Sunday.
I am the good I wish to see in the world.
I changed my feelings from just wanting to see this activity to knowing that there is something for us to do to transform lives. At the transition workshops you could feel the desire to spread the joy and love of UCSA. We are ready to spread our light in the world!
In Divine Faith I envision hearts and hands radiating love and joy.
I was ready to see opportunity and act on it.
I am a willing and courageous advocate encouraging love and empowerment.
My first opportunity was to express my desire at the Annual Meeting. Divine Order in action! I wasn’t alone in this desire to reach out. Within just a few days a new committee was formed to find other groups in alignment with our values that we can support financially through our tithing.
UCSA received a second invitation to attend a meeting to create a cooperative group of churches in our area to meet the needs of the less fortunate in our community. You notice I said SECOND invitation. The first arrived prior to my intention around our outreach options. But when the second arrived I recognized it as an opportunity and acted upon it. I learned a lot from the meeting. There were representatives from large congregations to a small church with only 30 people. But all had active outreach activities. It was quite inspiring to hear their stories of love and transformation.
As I continued to focus on this issue another opportunity arose with an invitation from the City of San Antonio to attend the first In the City for Good convening. More inspiration! There were almost 100 people there from various churches and non-profits eagerly reaching out to each other to learn and expand their community involvement. I sat next to a lovely woman named Sumeyra Tek, the Outreach and Event coordinator from Dialogue Institute of San Antonio. This meeting resulted in the invitation to attend the Iftar dinner. This is a different form of outreach from my original intention but nevertheless also important. Being inclusive is not just a passive activity. By reaching out to other cultures we expand our understanding of our Oneness in the universe.
Every Sunday when we recite our vision and mission I am reminded that we are activating the law of attraction.
“The words of your mouth and the thoughts of your heart are now and always molding the spiritual substance and bringing it into manifestation.” —Charles Fillmore
Learn more about this the Iftar dinner at the Turkish Raindrop Center, and register to attend by clicking here.